adjective in·ter·est·ing \ ˈin-t(ə-)rə-stiŋ ; ˈin-tə-ˌre- , ˈin-ˌtre- ; ˈin-tər- \
|Updated on: 19 Aug 2018

Definition of interesting

: holding the attention : arousing interest



Examples of interesting in a Sentence

  1. This is one of the most interesting books I've read all year.

  2. It will be interesting to see how she decides to spend the money.

  3. This building has an interesting history.

  4. I don't find politics very interesting.

  5. I found it interesting to learn that she had once lived in California.

  6. Most of what he said wasn't interesting to me.

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The Pronunciation and History of interesting

There are a number of ways to say interesting. It can have three syllables or four; it can have an accent only on the first syllable, or it can also have a secondary accent on the "res"; the first "e" can get ignored, resulting in a second syllable of "tres" rhyming with dress; or the second "e" can be ignored, resulting in a syllable that sounds like terse. All of these various pronunciations are well-established and occur in the speech of educated, native speakers of English.

The word interesting originally meant "of concern"; it was a synonym of important. It comes from the verb interest, which in its original use meant "to induce or persuade to participate or engage." If you were interested in something, you were not willing to be a bystander; you felt the need to participate or engage.

First Known Use of interesting


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INTERESTING Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of interesting for English Language Learners

  • : attracting your attention and making you want to learn more about something or to be involved in something : not dull or boring

INTERESTING Defined for Kids


adjective in·ter·est·ing \ ˈin-trə-stiŋ , ˈin-tə-rə- \

Definition of interesting for Students

: holding the attention : not dull or boring
  • an interesting story



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